FAQs on Foreign Language Classes

What are the term dates 2016/2017?

Autumn Term 2016 Sept. 26th - Dec. 8th  Break: 24/10/16 - 28/10/16
Winter Term 2017 January 23rd - April 6th Break 13/02/17-17/02/17
Spring Term 2017 April 24th - July 10th Break 29/05/17-02/06/17

What are the term dates 2017/2018?

Autumn Term 2017 Sept. 4th - Dec. 21st Break: 30th Oct - 3rd Nov
Winter Term 2018 January 8th - April 30th Break: 19th Feb - 23rd Feb
Holiday courses 2018 May 8th - June 18th Break: 28th May - 1st June

Will I need a course book?

Most teachers follow a course book to give an overview of the course structure as well as to enable the student to do some self study at home. The course syllabus which is on the language page will give you the information which course book it is and which chapters you are likely to cover. It's recommended to buy the book, which you can do at the school.

COURSE BOOKS are now available at a discounted rate!

You can either buy your cousebook by card when booking for your course over the phone on 0117 9067660 or pay by cash at the school during office hours 9-5pm from Monday to Friday.



Beginner 1,2,3


Elementary 1,2,3


Intermediate 1,2,3


Advanced 1,2,3

French - Alter Ego + £18 £18 £18 £22
Italian - Nuovo Espresso £18 £18 £18 £25
Mandarin - Discover China £24- Book 1  £24 -Book 2 from Elementary 2 £24 -Book 2 N/A
Spanish - Aula Internacional £24 (new edition) £20 £20 £18
German - Studio 21 £25 £20 £20 N/A
Polish - Polski, krok po kroku £20- all levels     N/A



Arabic - Mastering Arabic 1 


Portuguese - XXI Livro do Aluno



£10- all levels
























Coursebooks will also be available for other languages which will communicate in due time.

How quickly will I make progress?

The courses are designed ensuring progression in line with the Common European Framework aiming to complete each level in 3 terms. Please see the level table here. We appreciate that everyone learns at different speed, therefore we offer a number of other opportunities to learn, e.g. conversation classes and one-to-one tuition.

Is there an exam at the end of the course?

No. The focus of our courses is on improving the your ability. Our teachers and teaching methods allow students make good progress at their own pace. There is no exam but an Attendance Certificate will be issued at the end of the course stating the level of the course.

What if I select the wrong level?

The first lesson you attend is diagnostic. Your teacher will assess your level and needs, and make any adjustment necessary to your course schedule. If necessary you can switch to a different level.

Will the teacher translate in English?

Our teachers are trained to maximise your exposure to the target language during your lessons. They will predominantly use the target language and encourage you to do so. The teacher should be able to clarify meaning through teaching aids like pictures and mime. If you still have trouble understanding something then your teacher will help however they can.

Do you offer language courses for business?

Yes, we offer a range of options for business language learners including small group learning, one-to-one tuition and in-company training. All courses cater for business professionals wanting to quickly improve their foreign language ability. Find out more about in-company courses or Make an Enquiry

Do you organise study abroad programmes?

Yes, IH Bristol is part of network with hundreds of International House schools worldwide. We can organise individual and group language study programmes in many different countries for you. Find out more about our Study Abroad programmes or Make an Enquiry